Budget for Mozambican districts to rise in 2007, President says

5 December 2006

London, United Kingdom, 05 Dec – Mozambican president, Armando Guebuza promised Monday in London that his government would increase the budget for the country’s districts in 2007, in order to speed up the combat of absolute poverty.

Guebuza made the pledge as he invited the Mozambican community in the United Kingdom to help in the efforts to fight poverty in Mozambique at the beginning of a three-day visit to the EU country.

This year the Mozambican government decided to give each of the 128 districts in the country a budget of around US$280,000, with the aim of giving financial power to district governments in the fight against poverty, which affects over half of the Mozambican population, mainly those living in rural areas.

Guebuza added that giving financial resources to the poorest areas of the country would make it possible for the population in those regions to actively resolve the problems it is facing.

As part of his visit to the United Kingdom, the Mozambican president will be received by Queen Elizabeth II and have meetings with British prime minister, Tony Blair and other members of the British government, as well as with British businesspeople. (macauhub)